Corn Pops Itself
CORM POPS_ ITSELF. iillaua Farmer H.»i »•> Entire Crop Kulnoil by llot Wcutlicr. One of the strangest phenomena ever witnessed in the section around St. Croix, Jml., is 10 be seen upon the farm Of Theodore ISoberts, four miles from the village. Last spring he plii.iited live lucres in' popcorn, and a few days ago he noticed that the shucks were abnormally abnormally swollen and l.hat the car seemed to be larger than when it be- fran to ripen, a thing contrary to corn, as shrinkage is the rule. Mr. Koberts examined some of the corn arid was'sur- priscd to find that seven-eighths of the (-rain had popped open and were capped with the white pulp rus though they had beer, in tho fire. Some of the corn tastes as sweet as when newly popped, but the greater part of it is dry and tasteless. Tlie phenomenon is attributed to the hot-went her that prevailed two or three weeks ago. The entire crop of live acres isvuined.